2018-03-08 / Life in Leelanau

S-B students offer ‘spoonful’ of Mary Poppins

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff


A CAST of 55 students in grades 2 through 12 will take the stage in Mary Poppins Saturday, Sunday and again March 16 and 17. A CAST of 55 students in grades 2 through 12 will take the stage in Mary Poppins Saturday, Sunday and again March 16 and 17. “Anything can happen if you let it.”

And in the case of Suttons Bay Public School, it’s a cast of 55 students in grades 3 through 12 presenting the musical “Mary Poppins.”

Based loosely on P. L. Travers’ book series Mary Poppins, the musical with the same name tells the story of Jane and Michael Banks, children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, who are pleasantly surprised when the magical Mary Poppins answers their father’s advertisement for a new nanny.

As they experience a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her friend, Bert the chimney sweep, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents.


ISAAC MIKESELL and Abby Hursh as Michael and Jane Banks gets acquainted with their new nanny, Mary Poppins, played by Emma Grant. ISAAC MIKESELL and Abby Hursh as Michael and Jane Banks gets acquainted with their new nanny, Mary Poppins, played by Emma Grant. Emma Grant plays the title role.

“I’m so excited,” said Grant, a senior whose been involved in every theatre production at Suttons Bay since ninth grade. “As a girl growing up, I loved Mary Poppins. I think it’s going to be a great show.”

Joining her on stage will be friend Amelia Hall, who plays Winifred Banks. A senior, Hall has been active in Suttons Bay’s drama productions each year with the exception of 2017 when she was a Rotary exchange student in Japan.

“It’s amazing to be back,” she said. “I’m a little emotional. It’s extra special because it’s the last time Emma and I will be on stage together. I’m cherishing every moment.”

Zach Morton, known for his presence on the Norse gridiron, plays Bert, Mary Poppins’ jack-of-all-trades friend.

He is also the story’s narrator.

“It’s the first time I’ve done a musical,” said Morton, a junior. “I liked the movie, so when I heard they were doing Mary Poppins, I thought ‘I can do that’.”

The remainder of the main cast includes fifth grader Isaac Mikesell as Michael Banks; sixth grader Abby Hursh as Jane Banks. Jayce Konopka, a junior, plays their father, George Banks.

Joel Hoard is directing the show. Suttons Bay teacher Kaylie Hutcheon is musical director, overseeing performances of such well-known tunes as “A Spoonful of Sugar”; “Chim Chim Cheree”; “Jolly Holiday”; “Super-califragilistic-expi-ali-docious.”

Due to community response to last year’s production of “Shrek!,”Mary Poppins” will be performed over two weekends.

The show opens at 7 p.m. Saturday and will be performed again at 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional shows are planned at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. They will be available at the door.

Performances will take place in the school auditorium.

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